Anime of Tomorrow
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! Ep. 1
Summer 2012 (12 episodes) (more info)
(short version title – Nakaimo) (title literal translation – One of Them is My Little Sister!)
The plot for this series seems uncannily familiar, but I can’t name the anime it most closely mirrors. Either way, as good natured as main character Shougo Mikadono is in Nakaimo, the bottom line is that he’s been sent to high school and given the task of finding a suitable bride. Really, all I needed to hear about this anime to know the quality of its story is right in the title.
What’s up with this little sister fetish? Is it because Japan has more history of familial purity and didn’t frown on incest in the past as much as the west? Or do I just not get it because I don’t have a little sister of my own? I think Genshiken revealed the inner workings of this curious trope quite clearly when Madarame asked, “why would I want a little sister that I’m related to?” Which follows right into Nakaimo, because apparently the as-of-yet unnamed little sister is actually only a half-sister born of a different mother.
This series pretty much has nothing going for it. It’s clichéd, it’s not particularly funny or heartwarming and there’s nothing to distinguish it from the masses of anime that have similar, more interesting, creative premises with less questionable morals. The main character even has amnesia—that annoying flaw that gets busted out by writers the world over when a cheap and easy mystery subplot is needed.
All the set pieces are there to mix up a really bland broth, but nobody thought to bring the seasoning or the meat and veggies. There’s nothing offensive about Nakaimo, but it’s so accommodating it wouldn’t dare do anything that could be construed as risky or ambitious.